Bill O’Reilly did his best to bait Senator Bernie Sanders into attacking Hillary Clinton (or else endorsing her positions) but Sanders was too sharp to fall into the trap.
O’Reilly hosted Sanders after a Talking Points Commentary that was called, “Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.” Here’s the series of trick, or at least tricky, questions O’Reilly asked.
Q: Hillary Clinton’s way too conservative for you, right, Senator?
Q: It’s really tough for a person like Hillary Clinton, who’s getting $250,000 a pop for a speech, and who made an enormous amount of money off some kind of commodities trade way back in Arkansas - I think she invested a thousand and came away with a hundred grand – it’s gotta be pretty hard for her to attack the financial system and high-wage earners, is it not?
Q: She’s receiving huge amounts of money, not only from people in America but from Saudi Arabia and, and, you know, God knows where else.
When O’Reilly utterly failed to get Sanders to either knock or defend Clinton, O’Reilly turned friendly. He noted that Teddy Roosevelt “did a little bit” of what Sanders was advocating.
O’REILLY: And I think if you would present it in a way that it isn’t the government running the economy, then you might get a hearing on it. But unfortunately socialists – and you’re one of those – want the government …to run the economy.”
After a bit of back and forth, Sanders quipped, “Well, Bill, I’m not gonna ask you to be my vice presidential candidate and that’s it.”
“You might have a chance if you did,” O’Reilly shot back.
And then they moved on to debate the Iran nuclear deal.
Watch it below, from tonight’s The O’Reilly Factor.
That’ll really make the right wing heads go bluie.